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In Loving Memory Of
JOSE R. ANDINO COTTO
1947 - 2023
José was better known as Pepe, Pepito, and Azuquita. Born July 4th, 1947 in San Juan, P.R.to Mr. Javier Andino Castro and Mrs. Josefina Cotto Maclara. Pepe grew up in El Barrio Sabana Llana (65 Infantry Ave.), Rio Piedras, P.R. and for those familiar with this area, right near Cuchilandia. He worked photolithography in a manufacturing company in San Juan, P.R.
In the late 1970’s, after his maternal grandmother passed, he decided to embark on a journey to the Bronx, New York to be closer to his family. Later in the mid 1990’s, he left New York City to move to Lowell, MA for a short time, to then settle in Holyoke, MA to be closer to his beloved brother Javier and family. Here, Pepe became a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ Agape Ministries, Inc. until his passing, where his brother Javier was the founder and Senior Pastor. After his passing, Pepe continued supporting his sister in-law(Rev. Dr. Carmen G. Vázquez – Andino) and niece.
Pepe enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved his island of Puerto Rico and loved some good Puerto Rican food. He made sure he dressed to impress. He had a talent for selecting great movies to watch at home or at the movies. Pepe enjoyed watching the 4th of July Fireworks as part of his Birthday celebration. He enjoyed watching boxing, wrestling, baseball, basketball, and was a Yankees die-hard fan. Pepe was hisbrother, Javier “Terín” Andino’s #1 baseball fan,and at a young age, as the older brother, he made sure to help his brother Javier, become a professional baseball player. They were inseparable.
Pepe had a passion for good music, no matter ifit was in English or in Spanish. He loved to dance Salsa and never stopped listening to his 8 – tracks, his Afro-cuban, Latin Jazz, and Salsa music. In these last few years, he kept himself busy restoring his 1960’s – 1980’s LP records collection him and his brother started back when they were teenagers living in Puerto Rico and when done, he made sure he blasted the music in his apartment for his and his neighbor’senjoyment.
He was delighted to have reconnected with many of his childhood friends and long-lastingfriends whom he met along the way. Pepe made such an impact on their life that they would come from Puerto Rico and various states to visit him since they knew that at this point, it wasn’t easy for him to travel long distances. His friends considered him family and he also valued them as family.
Pepe really knew how to have a good time with his family and friends. Everyone will rememberhim for his amazing sense of humor and contagious laugh, always humble, with a noble heart, and most importantly, believed and professed that Jesus Christ, is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, his Only and Exclusive Savior.
Pepe leaves behind his beloved sister in-law, Rev. Dr. Carmen G. Vázquez – Andino, his niece Leyda M. Andino Vázquez, his cousins: Alvin and Doris K. Cotto, Millicent K. Cotto, N.Y., Gladys De Jesús - Mitchell, Tracey and Arthur (Journey) Monroe, N.C., Danielle Mitchell and Briana Mitchell, N.Y., Norma Rivera – Gibson, N.Y., Dorian O. Craig, Sr., Dorian J. Sanchez – Craig, Jr., Khaleel R. Reyes – Craig, Jelani L. Reyes – Craig, Naazim O. Reyes – Craig, Jovan E. Tolbert – Taylor, Sr., all from N.Y., Denise Preston, P.R., and Ana Andino from Springfield, MA.
Pepe was predeceased by his parents Mr. Javier Andino Castro and Mrs. Josefina Cotto Maclara, his brother Rev. Javier “Terín” Andino Cotto, his sister, Consuelo “Conchita” Andino Ortiz, his nephew Javier R. Andino Vázquez, his uncle, Guillermo Cotto Maclara, his aunts, Candelaria Cotto Maclara, Josefa Cotto – De Jesús, and Ramona Cotto Maclara. He is also predeceased by his cousins, Gonzalo Rivera Cotto, Jr., Guillermo “Red” Cotto, Jr., Eddie De Jesús, Cecilia Cotto, and Joseph Cotto.
Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude towards Dr. Kenneth Aquilino, Dr. Nirav Sheth, Dr. Mohammad Bajwa and each of their staff, Dr. Kroguis, Dr. Francesco Corvi,and nurse Leilah, all from Holyoke Medical Center, the Cataldo paramedics, HPD OfficersCote and Rodriguez, V.N. nurse Bola from Aveena Health Care, Dr. Josanna Rodriguez –Lopez, Rose, as well as the I.C.U. medical staff, all from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Lastly, we also would like to thank Pepe’s care takers throughout the years: Ms. Juana “Jenny”Ramos, Yajaira DeLeon, Nancy Valentín, Elaine Madera, Milagros Ortiz, Angel Berrios, and José Westry.